Andrew McPhee

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Find out more about the two-berth Orian Sirius by reading the Practical Motorhome review

Design

The Sirius looks nicely proportional. The new Transit cab is squarer than its predecessor and the small, rounded Orian overcab sits well on it.
The water tanks are under-slung, with no protection from freezing conditions, although a 12V heating element is an option. The position of tanks, all along the offside, could affect on-road stability. Even though its tanks are small, transverse tanks, either mid-axle or just behind the rear axle, seems more sensible.
The Orian’s small waste tap, fixed behind the driver’s door, could cause problems with inaccessible waste points, though a large bore waste hose has been used.
The rooflight fills the lounge with light, and good electric lighting, too. There’s a certain ‘corridor effect’, though, where the washroom forms a bulkhead into the living area. The corridor is pretty narrow (62cm).
Despite the narrow corridor, the light interior colour scheme does brighten it, and the carpet colour is smart and pale. The Orian is quite plain inside, but its lockers are solidly built.
There’s no overcab bed, but one large locker instead. The overall quality of finish is excellent. Most surfaces have either vinyl or a fine carpet-like covering which is soft to the touch. Its cantilevered, metal bed bases are also in a class apart.
The cab seats both swivel to face the lounge.

On the road

The Ford Transit base used by Orian has the advantage of rear-wheel drive, which can help when driving off wet, grass pitches and which many drivers prefer in terms of handling, particularly on winding, hilly roads.
Cab headroom and access to the main living area is good, although the passenger seat base is high, due to its swivel mechanism. One of our testers, at 6ft 2in tall, found his head close to the forward edge of the cab cut-away, giving a limited view of the road ahead.
The Transit has good cupholder and (one-litre) bottle holders for driver and passenger. The Sirius has only manual mirror and window adjustment – surprising at this price. The Ford’s performance figures are superior to the Ducato’s, though we find the Ducato more comfortable to drive, thanks to its light steering. Also, the Ford suffers from a long, heavy clutch pedal in comparison to the Fiat.
There is a limited amount of rear through-view.

Lounging & dining

The lounge makes use of a removable table which can be stored in a dedicated locker (unlike the hefty, fixed tables favoured in many Continental ‘vans) to make an open space for lounging.
The Sirius’ Reflex foam seating is terrific, with superbly shaped cushions, with rake adjustment.
You get a small cupboard and drinks cabinet (with glasses provided) and a tambour-door TV cabinet with slide-out base for a conventional TV. With its two, wood-effect doors, it looks well integrated with the rest of the interior.

Kitchen

The kitchen has two additional worktop sections: one which folds out across the entrance door and another which slides out across the corridor; it is a rather inconvenient arrangement.
The fridge is small by contemporary standards and there’s no automatic energy selection.

Sleeping

The Sirius has no overcab bed – it is an option but, with only two belted seats, many buyers may prefer to leave the space open for storage purposes.
The bed is huge, and its mechanism is great – its metal seat bases slide out to two positions: it either partially extends to wide singles or fully extends to a double. Its firm cushions, with solid bases are not completely flat, but should offer the most support. You could argue that the system is over-engineered, but the combination of bed and rear corner steadies will provide a firm and wobble-free night’s sleep.

Washroom

Unlike some rivals, the Orian has a washroom that combines the shower and toilet area, as opposed to a washroom with a separate shower compartment. The simple washroom performs all its functions well, although the floor will be wet for some time after showering.
However, we feel that the omission of any towel rails can only be explained as thoughtless.

Storage

You get an exterior locker that opens onto the bed base and a wardrobe that’s big enough for a couple’s clothes for two weeks.
Overhead storage is impressive – the lounge’s overhead lockers have a shelf and the corners have lockers. Access to storage space is also good, with three cantilevered seat bases, which are easy to open.
The Orian does well in the kitchen, thanks to its dedicated crockery storage space.
In the washroom, the small under-sink cupboard is at least complemented by an overhead locker, which has a catch to hold it open, for use when showering.

Technical specs

Sleeps2
Travel seats2
MTPLM3500kg
Payload588kg
Length6.89m22′7″
Width2.18m7′2″
Height2.95m9′8″
Waste water60L
External Options
Aluminium sidewalls, Awning light
Kitchen Equipment
4-burner gas hob, Oven, Separate grill
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet, Shower curtain
Heating
Truma Gas/Electric heater, Truma Electric/Gas water heater

Verdict

The build quality inspires confidence and pride of ownership – this ‘van will be a joy to own.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Superb build quality; attractive shape; rear-wheel drive chassis.

Cons

  • Light fabrics; small washroom; small fridge.
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